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Sharon Dornfeld

New Pay Scale Restricts Fees For Many GALs

By Jay Stapleton |

In wake of heated debate during the last legislative session over the cost of guardian ad litem and related services, the Judicial Branch has created a sliding fee scale in an attempt to control how much low- and moderate-income parents pay for for GALs, attorneys for minor children and other court-appointed lawyers who take part in contested custody cases.

Trial Underway for Conn. Attorney Charged with Money Laundering

By Isaac Avilucea |

Hard-charging criminal defense lawyer Ralph Crozier is known for impassioned defense of his clients. But now it's Crozier sitting in the defendant's chair during his trial on federal money laundering charges.

Key Witness Testifies Against Attorney In Money-Laundering Case

By Isaac Avilucea |

Bruce Yazdzik, the government's star witness in a money-laundering case against Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier, responded to a series of questions from federal prosecutors.

Don Swift

Woman Injured by Red-Light Runner Gets $672,500

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who sustained back injuries and needed surgery after a car ran a red light and crashed into her pickup truck has settled her lawsuit for $672,500.

Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Farren Shows No Remorse, Gets 15-Year Sentence for Attack on Wife

By Isaac Avilucea |

More than four years after former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren brutally beat his then-wife with a flashlight and his hands in their Darien home, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday.

Conn. Firm Adds High-Profile Judge to ADR Practice

By Jay Stapleton |

The firm of Pullman & Comley has added a second high-profile former judge to its mediation practice, as family law Judge Lynda Munro will join the firm on Oct. 6.

Goodusky: The Down Side of Legal Technology

By Amy Goodusky |

As some of you know, back when pterodactyls nested in New Haven, I was a working musician. I am wont to state, whenever anyone asks me about it, that there are circular slabs of grooved vinyl tucked into cardboard sleeves to prove that this actually happened.

Day Pitney’s addition of four new associates in Connecticut is on par with other large firms in the state. From left, Stanley Twardy Jr.,  managing partner, along with new hires Andraya Pulaski, Kenton Atta-Krah, Sunita Paknikar and Tekhara Kimber.

Conn. Law Firms Hiring Up, With Transactional Attorneys in Demand

By Jay Stapleton |

The fall hiring season at Connecticut law firms has been notably brisk, with more fresh-out-of-law-school associates being added to a mix of lateral partners.

Cindy Robinson

Catholic Church Tries to Stave Off Priest Abuse Lawsuits

By Christian Nolan |

After what seemed like a never-ending series of child sexual abuse scandals involving the Roman Catholic Church, lawmakers both nationally and in Connecticut sought ways to protect victims' rights.

Meriden City Attorney Fights Judicial Ouster

By Christian Nolan |

A lawyer who was appointed as corporation counsel in Meriden by the city council, but without the mayor's approval, is challenging a trial judge's opinion that removed him from office.

Ira Mayo

Additional Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against Torrington Lawyer

By Isaac Avilucea |

For the moment, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo still has his law license. A hearing on a motion by state grievance officials to disbar him was continued Monday, Sept. 8, in Middletown Superior Court.

Jennifer Morgan DelMonico

Murtha Elevates Litigator to Managing Partner

By Jay Stapleton |

Back when she was in college at Northwestern University, Jennifer Morgan DelMonico majored in music. Oboe performance, to be precise. Since then, she's composed a completely different type of career in the law, one that's now reaching a crescendo.

Nicholas Harding

Supreme Court Backs Wind Turbine Approval

By Jay Stapleton |

In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court found the Connecticut Siting Council did in fact have jurisdiction to approve the wind turbine project of West Hartford-based BNA energy.

Conn. Attorney Takes Stand to Deny DEA Claims

By Isaac Avilucea |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier testified at his federal money-laundering trial on Thursday in an attempt to counter Drug Enforcement Agency claims that he tried to "clean" $30,000 in drug proceeds for a former client.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Ban on Opening Statements Should Be Lifted

By Norm Pattis |

During the past year, I've been surprised by the number of times jurors have requested read backs of testimony they just heard only a few days earlier in criminal cases.

Transgender Teen Escapes From State Custody

By Associated Press |

A troubled transgender girl whose imprisonment in Connecticut without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates escaped from custody Tuesday, state officials said.

Editorial: It's Time for Prosecutors to Join the Community

The recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., should be a wake-up call for Connecticut's prosecutors to engage their constituents now. When the citizenry becomes disconnected from its institutions, a lack of trust is sure to follow.

Michelle Cruz: Prosecutor's Bad Decision Puts Rice's Wife at Risk

By Michelle Cruz |

The recently released video of pro football star Ray Rice's vicious attack on his then-girlfriend Janay Palmer (they're now married) provides a rare window into the life of a domestic violence victim.

Robert Reardon

Settlement Leads To Rehab of Once 'Repulsive' Public Housing Complex

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

One lawyer's foray into a class action over public housing in New London started with a slip-and-fall case and ended with an unusual settlement that will see a Superior Court judge overseeing apartment complex renovations.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Mandatory CLE Is the Norm in Other Professions

By Mark Dubois |

The Superior Court judges recently met for their annual approval of Practice Book changes, including those dealing with the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Peter Benner

Peter Benner: Early Mediation Works for Lawyers as Well as Clients

By Peter W. Benner |

I have written and spoken regularly on the benefits of early mediation in a litigated dispute. The reasons for early assistance from a neutral third party are compelling: More than 95 percent of civil cases settle.

Transgender Teen Back in Custody After Escape

By Associated Press |

A troubled transgender girl whose confinement case has attracted national attention escaped from a Connecticut treatment program Tuesday and was found by police several hours later, state officials said.

Club Hit With $12.5 Million Verdict After Young Girl Drowns in Pool

By Law Tribune Staff |

A jury has awarded $12.3 million to the family of a young girl who drowned in the indoor pool at Waterbury's Boys and Girls Club in 2008.

Michael Stratton

New Firm Features Referral Work and Homeless People

By Jay Stapleton |

Well-known plaintiffs lawyer Michael Stratton has been focusing on altruism since resigning his partnership in the New Haven personal injury firm he cofounded. With that in mind, he has launched a new, referral-based law firm that he says will help other attorneys build their personal injury practices.

Thomas Gerarde

'Baseball Rule' May Help Decide Co-ed Softball Lawsuit

By Isaac Avilucea |

Over the years, fans suing team owners for negligence after being struck by foul balls have met Mariano Rivera-like resistance from trial judges. That is to say, they've repeatedly struck out.

Dubois-Mark

Dubois: Advocates Should Weigh In on Controversial Matters

By Mark Dubois |

I read that Tom Goldstein, the fella who started SCOTUSblog, filed a brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of no client which did not argue one way or the other on the merits of the case.

Pawn King owner William Mingione is the target of a federal lawsuit over fees charged by pawnshop owners.

Supreme Court: State Law Limits Pawn Shops' Interest Rates

By Jay Stapleton |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has issued a ruling that will likely impact how dozens of pawnshops in the state do business in the future.

Mysterious Missing Man Case Leads to Sealed File Request

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

It was friendly advice, but scary. Manchester attorney Ryan Barry was warned by a judge that he ought to be worried about his personal safety. "These people play for keeps," the jurist warned. "You have a family."

Editorial: Addressing the Epidemic of Forgotten Baby Syndrome

There is a new phenomenon called "forgotten baby syndrome"—at least that's the medical explanation for how a parent can walk away from a car without realizing his child remains behind.

Second Circuit Says Conn. Business Law Violates First Amendment

By Mark Hamblett |

A federal appeals court has struck down a Connecticut law that forced an insurance company and auto glass repair business to mention a competitor's name if the insurer violated a ban on promoting its own repair shops.

Mistakes by Lifeguard, Club Led to $12 Million Drowning Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A jury has awarded $12.3 million to the family of a 5-year-old girl who drowned in the indoor pool at Waterbury's Boys & Girls Club in 2008.

Conn. Attorney Takes Stand to Deny DEA Claims

By ISAAC AVILUCEA |

Personal Injury Litigation: Conn. Punitive Damages Laws Outdated, Ineffective

By Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D'Amico |

Punitive damages may be imposed under the common law or specific statutory provisions when a defendant is found to have caused harm by its reckless, wanton or willful conduct.

Frank McCoy

Despite Car Fire, Court Dismisses Product Liability Suit

By Christian Nolan |

Roland Todd White bought a shiny new 2007 Mazda3 sedan from a Plainfield dealership in the fall of 2006. The Mazda caught fire one morning on the highway.

John Cordani

Two Decades Later, Alleged Bomb Maker Wins New Trial

By Christian Nolan |

Kenneth Jamison has been sitting in prison since 1995 for allegedly making and possessing a bomb.

Michael Stratton

New Firm Features Referral Work and Homeless People

By Jay Stapleton |

Well-known plaintiffs lawyer Michael Stratton has been focusing on altruism since resigning his partnership in the New Haven personal injury firm he cofounded.

Officials File New Claims Against Torrington Attorney

By ISAAC AVILUCEA |

State grievance officials have made new allegations in their disciplinary case against Torrington attorney Ira Mayo.

Sharon Dornfeld

Pay Scale Restricts Some GAL Fees

By Jay Stapleton |

In the wake of heated debate over the cost of guardian ad litem services, the Judicial Branch has created a sliding fee scale in an attempt to control how much low- and moderate-income parents pay for for GALs, attorneys for minor children and other court-appointed lawyers.

Grand Jury Target Appeals Judicial Bribery Conviction

By Christian Nolan |

A man convicted of bribing a judge is challenging his conviction on grounds that there was not enough evidence against him.

Grand Jury Target Appeals Judicial Bribery Conviction

By Christian Nolan |

A man convicted of bribing a judge is challenging his conviction on grounds that there was not enough evidence against him.

Connecticut Ex-Governor Convicted of New Crimes

By ASSOCIATED PRESS |

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns.

Conn. AG Leads Probe of Home Depot Data Breach

By Law Tribune Staff and Wire Reports |
Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Abusive Lawyer's Ex-Wife Lived Life of 'Terror'

By Isaac Avilucea |

Former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren could convincingly "assert appellate rights and make appellate arguments," a Superior Court judge said. But he couldn't muster the three words the judge wanted to hear: "I am sorry."

John Rowland

Candidate's Husband Testifies That He Hid Rowland's Campaign Work

By Associated Press |

The key prosecution witness at John Rowland's federal conspiracy trial testified Monday, Sept. 8, that he hired the former Connecticut governor as a consultant for his wife's 2012 congressional campaign and hid the arrangement as a business deal with his nursing home company.

Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Conn. Lawyer To Be Sentenced For Attempted Murder

By Isaac Avilucea |

J. Michael Farren will be sentenced Thursday, Sept. 11, in Stamford Superior Court for the near-fatal beating of his ex-wife, Mary Margaret.

Candidate's Husband Testifies That He Hid Rowland's Campaign Work

By Associated Press |

The key prosecution witness at John Rowland's federal conspiracy trial testified that he hired the former Connecticut governor as a consultant for his wife's 2012 congressional campaign and hid the arrangement as a business deal with his nursing home company.

Prosecution Accuses Attorney Of Lying During Money-Laundering Trial

By ISAAC AVILUCEA |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier took the stand for the second day in his federal money-laundering case and denied he had ever accepted $30,000 in drug proceeds from a former client during a 2011 meeting in his Seymour law office.

PI Hall of Fame, Rising Trial Lawyer: Sean McElligott Quickly Learned How to Win Big

By Christian Nolan |

About a decade ago, Sean McElligott was disappointed with life as a corporate defense lawyer to the point that he considered a career change.

Michelle Cruz: Former Victim Advocate Did Harm to the Office

By Michelle Cruz |

Recently, Garvin Ambrose left the post of Connecticut Victim Advocate after only 18 months in office to return to his hometown of Chicago.